The Post Box
Jonny Burnett is a chef to watch. Having trained at River Cottage Chefs School he has since worked at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons and ODE True Food in Devon, and at 19 is the country’s youngest chef to have opened his own restaurant. The Post Box in Claverham has a gentle atmosphere, with natural wooden furniture and twinkling tea lights – it’s understated and utterly brilliant.
The menu is concise and carefully put together using produce sourced as close to home as possible. To begin, I plumped for Devonshire mackerel, served with slices of earthy beetroot and light fragrant fennel. After seeing dishes delivered to neighbouring tables my dining companion already had his eye on The Post Box pork and apricot Scotch egg, with black pudding, a scoop of Post Box own-recipe chutney and a summer salad. The main course saw perfectly pan-seared duck breast with orange glaze and red wine reduction served with pan-roasted Claverham marrow, parsnip purée, tender stem broccoli and thick-cut rosemary chips. My gnocchi came with creamy, tangy goat’s cheese, a garlicky kick and was peppered with walnuts and fresh parsley. With a dessert like banana and mint cheesecake with mango gel on the menu, who could resist?
The Post Box’s Fish Fridays are popular with those in know – fresh fish from the market is served with fries for just £7.90. We could easily imagine a Friday fish supper sat in the sun on the front terrace. The Post Box is a friendly, familiar restaurant that really focuses on quality ingredients executed with creativity and skill. A visit to this restaurant is highly recommended.